Author Archives: Zack

July 24, 2013

Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born Sneak Peek

Posted by at 11:25 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

SAnimals_1_3D (2)RESIZED[2]Hi, STACKS Readers!

I’m Zack, the lucky editor of Scholastic’s fantastic new multiplatform series, Spirit Animals, launching this September with the first book, Wild Born, by superstar fantasy author Brandon Mull.

This new series is a totally different kind of storytelling from our previous two hit multiplatform series, The 39 Clues and Infinity Ring, in a couple of ways. One, it’s an action-packed fantasy, set in a world that’s very different from our own, the world of Erdas. And two, these books pair kids with spirit animals, a rare bond between human and animal that gives some incredible powers to both.

Spirit Animals isn’t just a book series; it’s also a super-cool action role-playing game, where players can create their own customized heroes and choose their spirit animals. In the game, you’ll be able to train and bond with your animal, equip it with all kinds of cool armor, decorate your room however you want, and go on quests to help the book characters save the world.

Now, I’m a big fantasy fan myself, but the beauty of Spirit Animals is that you don’t have to be to get into these books. Brandon Mull has created a rich and detailed story that all kids are going to want to dive into, both in the books and the game.

Still skeptical? Just to prove what a great world this is, we’re including the first two chapters of Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born for you to read. Meet the characters, learn all about the mysterious spirit-animal bond, and come face to face with the dark threat looming over the world of Erdas. You’ll be hooked before you know it.

The series officially launches September 10, 2013 with Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, and subsequent books will be by an all-star team of adventure and fantasy legends, including Maggie Stiefvater, Garth Nix and Sean Williams, Shannon Hale, Tui T. Sutherland, Eliot Schrefer, and Marie Lu.

It’s going to feel like a long wait until September, but don’t worry, the game launches earlier! On August 13, visit to get your spirit animal and start the quest.  In the meantime, I want you to be thinking about this very important question: What’s your spirit animal?

–Zack, Scholastic Editor

November 18, 2009

Create Your Own Agent Card for THE 39 CLUES

Posted by at 12:27 pm in Authors, Gordon Korman, The 39 Clues | Permalink

39clues_130 Thanks to all the fans of The 39 Clues, and congratulations on being top-level Clue-hunters! World domination doesn't come easy, does it? That's one of the first lessons Amy and Dan learn.

You may not have all 39 Clues yet, but you can still showcase your Clue-hunting prowess by designing your very own agent card on Check out my card right here.

39 Clues - Gordon's agent card
First you have to create a Cahill alias. That's me – Desert Squall1. Then it's time to show off your skills.

There are tons of cool images to add to your card – background designs, animals, weapons, characters from the series, etc. And of course, a little bragging never hurts. You get to display all your Clue-hunting accomplishments. But the coolest part is this: your card will have a unique code. So when you send the code to your friends (and rivals?!) your card will be added to their card galleries. My code is P2DTMN4WXP.

Risky? Perhaps. There's no guarantee that your card won't fall into Madrigal hands. But let's face it – no guts, no glory. The Clue hunt is no place for wimps.

So when you create your agent card, rest assured I'll be watching. The bigger question is: Who else will be?

See you on the hunt! And if you haven't joined the hunt for the Clues yet, it's never too late to join!

— The 39 Clues Author, Gordon Korman (aka Desert Squall1, Card Code: P2DTMN4WXP)